This course introduces students to the “science” of political science. Beginning with the basic topics of research design, measurement, and ethical considerations, we will go on to examine a variety of research methods used in political science, including surveys, experiments, interviews, fieldwork, and content analysis. Students will also have the opportunity to practice these techniques first-hand, by working on a survey project and analyzing the data. We will also consider the contributions of both quantitative and qualitative methods to the study of political science, and the ways in which these approaches can complement each other. As a final project, students will design their own research proposal in which they investigate a topic of inter- est in the field.
Upper division standing or instructor consent. Notes: Should be taken junior year.
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